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Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol 2013

Date range:
February 17-20, 2013

February 17, Prologue: San Fernando - San Fernando 6km

Valverde wins Ruta del Sol prologue

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Cycling News
Published:
February 17, 2013, 12:45 GMT,
Updated:
February 17, 2013, 22:29 GMT

Spaniard beats Spilak and Farrar in San Fernando

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) scorched to victory in the prologue of the Ruta del Sol, beating Simon Spilak (Katusha) into second place on the 6km course in San Fernando, while Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) came home in third.

Valverde won the race overall last year shortly after returning from suspension for his links to blood doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, and he got his defence off to the perfect start on the straightforward, out-and-back course, finishing two seconds ahead of Spilak and four ahead of Farrar.

"To be honest, I'm the first one who is surprised about this result," said Valverde. "My condition was good, but I made the course 20 seconds faster than last year, and that's a huge improvement. I knew the course and only watched it by car today; I didn't do a bike recce, but I found good legs right from the start.

"This victory is important for my confidence, especially because it's a time trial. That means the work we're doing on the TT bike is paying off already. There's still huge room to improve, but we're on the right track."

The early pace-setter was Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Jack Bobridge (Blanco) was among the riders unable to better his time of 6:56. Bobridge’s Blanco teammate Robert Gesink also failed to make an impact (he lost 43 seconds), and Belkov’s time stood unchallenged until first Farrar and then Spilak took the start and passed him on the leaderboard.

Of the later starters, Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) was a notable performer, clocking a fine time of 6:50, which would be enough for 4th place come the end of the stage.

Ultimately, however, it was Valverde, the last man off, who had the final say. The Spaniard gauged his effort well and stopped the clock in 6:46, enough to put him two seconds clear of Spilak and take the first red jersey of the race.

The Ruta del Sol continues on Monday with a 164km stage from San Fernando to Ubrique.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:46  
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 0:00:02  
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:04  
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
5 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:06  
6 Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:09  
7 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:10  
8 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha    
9 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM    
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:11  
11 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
12 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
13 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:12  
14 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana    
15 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana    
16 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha 0:00:13  
17 José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team    
18 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha    
19 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
20 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:14  
21 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team    
22 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:15  
23 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:16  
24 Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:17  
25 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
26 José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18  
27 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team    
28 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM    
29 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
30 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil - DCM 0:00:19  
31 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
32 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
33 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Argos - Shimano    
34 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
35 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
36 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
37 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 0:00:20  
38 Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:21  
39 Iker Camaño (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
40 Maurits Lammereink (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM 0:00:22  
41 Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
42 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
43 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
44 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:23  
45 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling    
46 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural    
47 Clement Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba Superano Ham    
48 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:24  
49 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
50 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:25  
51 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Katusha    
52 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM    
53 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
54 Rafael Valls (Spa) Vacansoleil - DCM 0:00:26  
55 Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural    
56 Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
57 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
58 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
59 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:27  
60 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun    
61 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
62 Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
63 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
64 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
65 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:28  
66 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team    
67 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp - Endura    
68 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
69 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:29  
70 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
71 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana    
72 Juan J Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
73 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:30  
74 Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
75 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
76 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:31  
77 Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
78 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Argos - Shimano    
79 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM    
80 Rubén Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team    
81 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:32  
82 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
83 David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling    
84 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
85 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:33  
86 Mikel Landa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:34  
87 Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
88 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun    
89 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:35  
90 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:36  
91 Moisés Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
92 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:37  
93 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
94 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
95 Marcos García (Spa) Caja Rural 0:00:38  
96 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana    
97 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:39  
98 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura    
99 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
100 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:41  
101 Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba Superano Ham    
102 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
103 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
104 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:00:42  
105 Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos - Shimano    
106 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
107 Niels Van Dorsselaer (Bel) Colba Superano Ham 0:00:43  
108 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
109 Victor Fobert (Fra) Colba Superano Ham    
110 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling    
111 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:45  
112 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana 0:00:46  
113 Aron Kremer (Ned) Colba Superano Ham 0:00:50  
114 David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:00:51  
115 Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
116 David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:00:55  
117 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
118 Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:01:01  
119 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:01:03  
120 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:01:04  
121 James Mowatt (Aus) Colba Superano Ham 0:01:05  
122 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana 0:01:08  
123 Steve Bekaert (Bel) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:01:09  
124 Sven Jodts (Bel) Colba Superano Ham 0:01:13  
125 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
126 Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:01:49  
General classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:46  
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 0:00:02  
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:04  
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
5 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:06  
6 Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:09  
7 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:10  
8 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha    
9 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM    
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:11  
11 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
12 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
13 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:12  
14 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana    
15 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana    
16 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha 0:00:13  
17 José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team    
18 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha    
19 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
20 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:14  
21 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team    
22 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:15  
23 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:16  
24 Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:17  
25 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
26 José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18  
27 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team    
28 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM    
29 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
30 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil - DCM 0:00:19  
31 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
32 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
33 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Argos - Shimano    
34 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
35 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
36 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
37 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 0:00:20  
38 Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:21  
39 Iker Camaño (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
40 Maurits Lammereink (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM 0:00:22  
41 Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
42 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
43 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
44 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:23  
45 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling    
46 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural    
47 Clement Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba Superano Ham    
48 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:24  
49 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
50 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:25  
51 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Katusha    
52 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM    
53 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
54 Rafael Valls (Spa) Vacansoleil - DCM 0:00:26  
55 Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural    
56 Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
57 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
58 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
59 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:27  
60 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun    
61 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
62 Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
63 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
64 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
65 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:28  
66 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team    
67 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp - Endura    
68 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
69 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:29  
70 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
71 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana    
72 Juan J Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
73 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:30  
74 Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
75 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
76 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:31  
77 Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
78 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Argos - Shimano    
79 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM    
80 Rubén Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team    
81 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:32  
82 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
83 David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling    
84 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
85 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling 0:00:33  
86 Mikel Landa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:34  
87 Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
88 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun    
89 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:35  
90 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:36  
91 Moisés Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
92 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:37  
93 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
94 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
95 Marcos García (Spa) Caja Rural 0:00:38  
96 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana    
97 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:39  
98 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura    
99 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
100 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:41  
101 Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba Superano Ham    
102 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
103 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
104 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:00:42  
105 Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos - Shimano    
106 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
107 Niels Van Dorsselaer (Bel) Colba Superano Ham 0:00:43  
108 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
109 Victor Fobert (Fra) Colba Superano Ham    
110 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling    
111 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:45  
112 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana 0:00:46  
113 Aron Kremer (Ned) Colba Superano Ham 0:00:50  
114 David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:00:51  
115 Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
116 David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:00:55  
117 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
118 Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:01:01  
119 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:01:03  
120 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:01:04  
121 James Mowatt (Aus) Colba Superano Ham 0:01:05  
122 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana 0:01:08  
123 Steve Bekaert (Bel) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:01:09  
124 Sven Jodts (Bel) Colba Superano Ham 0:01:13  
125 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
126 Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:01:49